I am originally from the island of Jamaica, and I immigrated to the United States in 1981 at the age of 15. I attended college and law school here in the State of Washington, achieving my Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law in 1998. I joined the Washington State Bar in 1999, and have been practicing law in the greater Seattle area since that time.
For many years, I had a solo law practice. In February of 2018, I purchased the long-standing Kirkland firm of Berkey Kooistra. We represent clients in the areas of Wills, Trusts, Probate, Guardianships, and Adoptions. In the matters of asset protection, I set up entities such as trusts and corporate structures for clients, providing analysis of tax and jurisdictional advantages for various structures.
I have been an adjunct instructor at Bellevue College and Edmonds Community College in Law and Political Science. I provided coaching for a national Fredrick Douglass Moot Court competition team, which is among the most prestigious competitions available to law students. The competition topics revolved around promoting knowledge and awareness of issues affecting the achievement of a more equitable society, and my teaching style involves helping students learn how to blend disciplines through real life application, researching current affairs, and learning how to defend and debate social issues using the law and legal reasoning.
I volunteer for the King County Bar Neighborhood Clinic Volunteer, providing legal advice and referrals to middle, and low-income families. My clients’ needs revolve around a variety of every day civil matters: divorce, parenting plans, child support, child custody, landlord tenant disputes, bankruptcy, credit/debt management.
I live in Snohomish County with my family. My hobbies involve reading legal and political intrigue novels, swimming, dancing, and weight lifting.